Note to readers attached is the complete final report for FNE00-310.
Compaction and thatch are problems common in many dairy pastures, and can bring with them problems with runoff and forage production. This project will selectively aerate certain pastures and compare forage growth among all the pastures to measure the effect of aeration on pasture health.
This farmer had pastures that had developed a thick dense sod. He proposed to use a soil aerator to improve water penetration and improve forage production. He used a soil aerator from a local golf course on 12 of his 26 acres pasture. It was a solid point aerator rather than the soil plug type aerator that he would have preferred to use. Also, there was plentiful rainfall during this season. He believes that because of these two rather different factors there was no observable difference between the aerated and unaerated pastures.